The Scopes Window and Preview Display

The simplest way to monitor your work in Color is with the Scopes window. This is the second of the two windows that comprise the Color interface. You can configure Color to use one or two displays.

Using two displays, the Scopes window is viewed on the second one, occupying its own display. Using one display, the Scopes window shares the screen with the Color window.

To switch between the Color and Scopes windows
  • Choose Window > Composer (or press Command-Shift-1) to switch to the Color user interface.

  • Choose Window > Viewer (or press Command-Shift-2) to switch to the Color Scopes window.

To switch between single and dual display modes
Do one of the following:
  • Choose Window > Single Display Mode or Dual Display Mode.

  • Press Command-Shift-0 to switch between both modes.

The Scopes window provides a preview display of the image that you’re working on, and it can also show either two (in single-display mode) or three (in dual-display mode) video scopes to aid you in image evaluation. For more information, see Analyzing Signals Using the Video Scopes.

The preview display shows you either the frame at the current position of the playhead in the Timeline, as it appears with all the corrections you’ve applied in all rooms (unless you choose Grade > Disable Grade), or the currently enabled Still Store image. Whichever image is shown in the preview display is mirrored on the broadcast monitor that’s connected to the video output of your computer. The preview display is also affected by LUTs that you import into your Color project.

Note: The only other time the current frame is not displayed is when one of the alternate secondary display methods is selected in the Previews tab of the Secondaries room. For more information, see Controls in the Previews Tab.

The preview display in the Scopes window can be switched between full- and partial-screen modes.

To switch the preview image between full- and quarter-screen
Do one of the following:
  • Control-click or right-click the preview image in the Scopes window, then choose Full Screen from the shortcut menu.

  • Double-click the image preview in the Scopes window.

    All video scopes are hidden while the preview display is in full-screen mode.

Using the Preview Display as Your Evaluation Monitor

Whether or not the preview display in the Scopes window is appropriate to use as your evaluation monitor depends on a number of factors, the most important of which is the amount of confidence you have in the quality of your preview display.

Many users opt to use the preview display as an evaluation monitor, especially when grading scanned film in a 2K workflow, but you need to make sure that you’re using a monitor capable of displaying the range of contrast and color necessary for maintaining accuracy to your facility’s standards. Also, success depends on proper monitor calibration, combined with color profiling and simulation of the eventual film output using LUT management. (See What Is a LUT? for more information.)